Latest technology used to keep busy commuter route flowing

A £7m project to boost water supplies in parts of Cheshire and Merseyside is nearing completion.

Water company United Utilities has been installing a new water pipeline from the River Dee, across Chester Approach to its new £10m pumping station in Heronbridge, off Eaton Road.

Unknown to many commuters who use the A483 to get in and out of Chester, engineers from United Utilities have been using the latest technology available in the water industry to pass under the busy commuter route, using the largest available plastic water pipe that can be drilled with.

Picture of a project managerPicture of a pipeline

Daniel Smith United Utilities project manager

Project Manager Daniel Smith said it was vital we turned to the latest technology available to drill under a road such as the A483 without having to dig in the road.

“While the new pipeline will mean we can continue to meet the water supply demands of around 350,000 homes and businesses, we completely understand roadworks can be a pain."

"So where possible we used the latest technology available to us in the water industry to minimise disruption.”

“Our aim was to get the new pipeline in, without many commuters even realising a massive engineering project was taking place deep underground.”


350,000 homes and businesses will benefit from the new pipeline

The company has confirmed the new pipeline is now installed, with only work to restore land impacted by the project, left to complete.

Members from the project team also joined up with green-fingered volunteers and Cheshire West and Chester Council to transform an area of Dukes Drive in Chester into a new community space.    The work carried out by the team involved them giving up their time and donating materials to create a path and rockery in the new Community Garden area, next to the gates at Overleigh Roundabout.